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June 5, 2017

Flower Pies

When I was young, I could have won a medal for making fantastic “flower pies.” I would spend countless hours gathering wide varieties of rocks from my grandma’s driveway and placing...

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June 4, 2017


I have been teaching my 6th grade Sunday school students about Pentecost. I tell them how I relate to the first disciples who were amazed by the way the Holy Spirit...

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June 3, 2017

“The Price is Paid”

The wind was brisk as we stood huddled and cold on the town steps one evening in April. We were thankful we had remembered to wear our heavy coats, gloves, and...

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June 2, 2017

Why God, Why?

I have never understood why people suffer or prayers seem to go unanswered, and I probably never will. I do, however, find comfort in knowing that I’m not alone in my...

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June 1, 2017

Loss or Launch?

“Kim, you’re a good employee and the residents love you, but due to budget cuts, your job is being eliminated.” I was shocked to hear these words from the director of...

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May 31, 2017

Complain or contribute?

One Sunday morning after worship I overheard a brief conversation between two parishioners. One of the men said, “I didn’t get much out of the service. Did you?” “Not much,” the...

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May 30, 2017


During perestroika, a time of political and economic instability in the Soviet Union, many Russian people, fearing for their lives, left their birthplaces, their property, and their homes and ran to...

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May 29, 2017

A Second Chance

I often think back to mistakes I made both in the distant past and just yesterday. Why did I make that stupid remark? Why did I gossip about another person? And...

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May 28, 2017

I’ve Got This?

I keep a written copy of the verse quoted above in my wallet because reading it helps me to keep life in perspective. Too many times I have allowed arrogance and...

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May 27, 2017

The Puzzle Pieces of Life

When I take my son to the store to buy a new jigsaw puzzle, he makes his choice based on the picture on the outside of the box — the potential...

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God’s transforming presence . . .

“Spiritual vitality in our churches stems from our openness to God’s transforming presence, not in anxious striving. Tending the soul of the congregation starts with attending to God’s presence in our lives as leaders, then bringing the same prayerful openness into the meetings and ministries of the church. Our work is to help the people to pay attention to, listen to, learn from, and live in the Spirit.” Read more.